|Just before it all went wrong.|
By now you will almost certainly have seen The Video. You know the one I’m talking about: the video in which an altercation between a large group of bikers and the driver of a Range Rover leads to a high-speed chase and a fair bit of violence.
- The bikers involved in the whole brouhaha were from all over the country. While there may have been gang members in attendance (a), they cannot collectively be described as a gang or a club or any other such thing that implies collusion. They were there to take part in a loosely organised mass event.
- In principle there’s nothing wrong with a loosely organised mass event. Many of the people I see on forums who are now waving their flags of indignation were fully supportive of the also-loosely-organised
2 Million100,000 Bikers to DC ride in September.
- There’s a whole lot of cock swinging taking place in forums and comments sections and discussion groups, with way too many people making statements along the lines of: “This wouldn’t happen in my state, where we’re allowed to carry concealed weapons.” Uhm, OK, let’s play out that scenario: What if firearms had been involved here? Are we really going to assume that only the “good guy” would have one? Indeed, are we really so naive as to think that none of the bikers on that day were armed? What’s the likely outcome of one person engaging in a firefight against several people who have the one person surrounded? If the vehicle were to have been fired upon by 30-80 individuals, what do you suppose would have been the odds of survival for the much-exalted wife and 2-year-old child that were also in the car?
- The cock swinging continues with many commenters claiming things like: “If it had been me, I would have taken out at least a dozen of those thugs.” Really? Really? If so, you need to be removed from society, because you are a sociopath. It’s one thing to harm a person whilst in defense of yourself, it is an entirely different thing to interpret a negative situation as a fantastic opportunity to wilfully maim and/or kill several other human beings.
- Let’s imagine, for instance, the driver targeting several more bikers, including the video’s cameraman. What, in truth, has the cameraman done apart from violate traffic laws and be a general nuisance? Your outrageous suggestions of shooting or vehicular homicide are punishments that do not fit the cameraman’s crime.
- There’s additionally a certain amount of racism surfacing in comments and forums. It starts in the form of NIMBY-ist statements such as, “This wouldn’t happen where I’m from,” but quickly expands to make assumptions about where these bikers are from. Thanks to the fact that a fair few of them are safety-gear averse, one can see the colour of their skin. And on this evidence words like “barrio,” “ghetto” and “hood” are thrown around. I see frequent use of the word “animal” in people’s comments and I suspect its use is not always metaphorical.
Let’s stress that point again, friends: Do not drive your vehicle over people. It’s wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Driving over people is wrong. Always. That is a truth that stands independent of situation: It is wrong to launch your car at human beings.
(b) According to some news reports Edwin Mieses was paralysed when Lien ran him over. In order for him to be in the vehicle’s path he obviously could not have been the person banging on the door. Based on pictures I’ve seen of him online, I’m assuming him to be the person riding a green Ninja, wearing a purple shirt and a black open-face helmet. In the video, you can see that he parks his bike several feet from the SUV then walks toward it. His gait is not hurried or threatening, nor is he gesturing in any way. Shortly thereafter, the SUV launches forward and drives over him. I can imagine a scenario in which Mieses was walking over to mediate the situation. I’m not saying that happened. There’s no way of knowing what he said, but certainly his posture when visible doesn’t suggest that in the next 2 seconds he will commit an act that sees him deserving of being run over.